NFL notebook — Nov. 13

Associated Press Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day, according to police and court records. A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance Tuesday, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault, according to news reports. He was arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault but wasn’t charged. Solo appeared in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, but left without saying anything to reporters, according to KING-TV. Stevens, 33, and Solo, 31, applied for a marriage license Thursday, according to King County records. The two, who have been in a relationship for two months, were set to get married Tuesday and argued over whether to live in Washington or Florida after their marriage, according to court documents. Police in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland responded to a disturbance at a home around 3:45 a.m. Monday involving a physical altercation between eight people during a party, said Kirkland police Lt. Mike Murray. He said officers contacted several people in the home who appeared intoxicated and didn’t cooperate with police, but determined based on information and observations that there was probable cause to arrest Stevens for investigation of fourth-degree assault. Murray didn’t identify the alleged victim, but court records show it was Solo, who received a cut to her elbow.

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Crennel looks at discipline

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel says he plans to speak to his team about discipline issues that cropped up during Monday night’s loss at Pittsburgh, including an instance in which Kansas City was flagged for a group celebration.

Crennel says he isn’t sure where the celebrations came from, but acknowledged that “with the record we have, they can’t afford to be dancing.”

The overtime loss to Pittsburgh dropped Kansas City to 1-8.

Crennel said wide receiver Jon Baldwin will be evaluated for a head and neck injury today. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe has a knee injury, and offensive guard Jon Asamoah has a hand injury that the Chiefs will monitor.

Crennel also says he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback for next week’s game against Cincinnati, because Brady Quinn hasn’t been cleared to play following his concussion.

Governor criticizes fees

Gov. Mark Dayton criticized the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday for considering extra fees on season ticket-holders as a way to help cover the team’s share of a new $975 million stadium, but the team’s owners point out that option was a key part of the deal.

The Democratic governor and Vikings management were allies during the long path to approving plans for a new, publicly subsidized stadium that were approved by lawmakers this year.

But in a letter to team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, Dayton said he strongly opposed “shifting any part of the team’s responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans. This Private Contribution is your responsibility, not theirs.”

The team responded to Dayton’s letter with a statement saying permission to sell so-called stadium builder’s licenses was a “key component” of legislation that was “vetted by the Legislature, testified to by Vikings and state of Minnesota negotiators” and signed by the governor.

Roethlisberger update

Ben Roethlisberger left Heinz Field on Monday night with his sprained right shoulder in a sling.

Tomlin called Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback “questionable” but otherwise offered little detail Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Roethlisberger was pounded into the ground by Kansas City Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston in the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 16-13 overtime victory.

Around the league

The Denver Broncos waived safety Duke Ihenacho, opening a roster spot that could be filled by linebacker D.J. Williams. Williams was reinstated Monday after sitting out the first nine games of the season while serving two separate NFL suspensions. He’ll practice today for the first time since training camp, where he was relegated to individual drills and backup duty while the Broncos prepared his replacements for the regular season. ... A grand jury in Houston dismissed a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after hearing from the four-time Pro Bowler and other witnesses. Derek Hollingsworth, one of Peterson’s attorneys, said Tuesday the case stemming from Peterson’s July 7 arrest outside a night club is expected to be formally dropped today.

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